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全然 {ぜんぜん} with positive adjective / na-adjective

In Japanese classes, I was taught that 全然 can only be used with negative-meaning words/phrases/clauses, for example: 全然出来ません 全然だめです However, I've observed that, especially in spoken Japanese, ...
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どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも

What is the the difference between どこでも vs. どこにでも vs. どこも? I thought どこでも was anywhere, どこにでも was everywhere, and どこも was also everywhere... but then I didn't know what the difference would be between ...
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why the まったく in the sentence implies negative, instead of positive

「道歩いてんのに人影がまったくね..」 In the manga, the quoted sentence above is shown with an image of deserted road, and I guess the meaning should be something like this: 「I'm walking down the road, but not a ...
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Is it impolite to reply to an apology with 別に?

I was watching an anime. A boy is in a hurry and he's running, and ends up accidentally hitting a girl. He inmediately apologizes and says 大-大変申し訳ございません! He looks very nervous while speaking. The ...
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How to use ~でも and ~も?

I have looked up 誰 in the dictionary, and found that both 誰も 誰でも can mean everyone and everybody. If there is a difference between them, what is the correct way to use each of them? It is not ...
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What is the meaning of 一切気にかけようともなさらない in this sentence?

I am trying to understand the sentence 人の批難など一切気にかけようともなさらない。However, I have not been able to parse かけようとも into any words and particles I can identify or find in a dictionary. So I want to know 1) ...
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What is the nuanced function of 何ひとつ in a negated sentence?

I'm translating the following sentence, and am stumped on how to translate 何ひとつ in a negated sentence. 名前も、家族も、友人も……何ひとつ思い出せません。 my name, my family, my friends...I cannot remember x. I know ...
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How to understand い adjective + ある? What is ある doing here

強いもなにもあるもんか From this panel: I originally read this phrase as meaning something like "There's no way you are strong or anything at all!" but then I noticed that there is ある in the phrase ...
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How to interpret 全然 + positive adjective + とは思わない

As explained in this question, I know that 全然 used with positive adjective means "completely, entirely", while when it is used with negative adjectives/verbs it means "not at all, absolutely not". ...
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Does 決して always mean “never” even if the verb is negative?

So I saw this on chat on a gacha game I'm playing. 正式触媒も無くかの刀匠を引き当てるほどの奇跡を 忘れることなど決して My understanding of this. "It was a miracle for me to summon her without an official catalyst, I'll never ...
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には contrast in following sentence

ジャックは誕生日会に行きます。 彼はメグのために誕生日のプレゼントを買う必要があります。 ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません。 彼は緊張し、 何を買おうかと思います。 What is the role of には in ジャックはあまり多くのパーティにはいきません? The only usage of には I know of is for contrast but I can't ...
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Is using「ありませんが」correct here?

背景とかってどうやって描いてるのかすごく気になってたので絶対買います!ソフトはクリスタしかありませんが。 I'd like to understand this better. The context is an artist announced that he is releasing a book about painting digital backgrounds and the ...
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“But when I do..”

私のお国にコンビニがある。 でも、めったに買い物に行かない。 すると、たったの要点しかが買い物に行く。 I’m struggling with a couple of things trying to say: “My country has convenience stores. But, I rarely visit them. And when I do, I only go to buy ...
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Can I use 「さぁ…さっぱり。」 to express that I don't understand at all?

The full form should probably be 「さぁ…さっぱりわからない」, but is it OK to omit the latter part in informal conversations and will that cause any confusion or will it sound strange? I suppose it should be OK ...
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What verb form is くださねばなるまい

The following is from a mystery manga. The criminal mastermind is lamenting that his accomplice Masumi failed to properly kill Kimisawa. ますみの奴・・・ 最後の最後でしくじったな あの至近距離でよもや急所をはずす ...

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